The Startup Page in Word 2013-16/365 and How To Get Rid of It
(or bring it back if you lost it)
by Charles Kyle Kenyon, Esq.
Thursday 29 March 2018.
Comments are welcome.
Introduction. This page came about as a
response to someone who asked on the Word Answers Forum about how to see
templates when they started a new document in Word 2013. After a bit of
confusion it turned out that the problem they were having was the
Startup Page. What is shown below is the default Startup Page or Start
This has several nice features and you may want to give it a chance. It
will provide a short list of your recent documents and you can get a
blank document by clicking on "Blank Document." Personally, I do not
care for it and got rid of it as quickly as I could figure out how to do
You get rid of it under File > Options > General by unchecking an
option box. If you change your mind, you can always go back and check it
Once you have changed it, click on OK. I would suggest closing and
reopening Word to make sure that what you get is what you want.
Another distressing thing (for me) about Word 2013-2019(365) is that it makes the
user jump through hoops to get to custom templates, even with the
Startup screen disabled. I do most of my work
using custom templates that I have designed. In earlier versions of Word
reaching these templates was much easier. If you would like to have quick access to your
custom templates you can put an icon on the quick access toolbar or
otherwise customize your version of Word. See
File New Variations in the
Versions of Microsoft Word.
Below is a version of the Startup Screen after the user has designated a
location for user templates and for workgroup templates. This gives two
buttons (that look like text) for Featured and Custom templates.
Featured templates are those built into Word, Custom templates are the
User and Workgroup Templates.
You may see different words, or as in the first screen shown, no words
here. My thanks to this
Wiki article for the explanation for the variations in what shows
up. You might see "Featured," "Custom," "Personal," or "Shared."
You can also have a (classic) dialog that combines your
custom (user and workgroup) templates in a tabbed dialog with smaller
icons or lists of templates that let you see more templates at once. See
File New Variations in the Versions of Microsoft
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